living in leeds

Things you should know before moving to Leeds

Moving to a new place can be daunting, nerve-wracking and fun all at the same time. Google Maps, Deep Research and many many trips are your best friend when it comes to getting to know an area better and helps to make that final decision as to whether you want to move. If you are planning on moving to Leeds, we’ve put everything you need to know about the city in one place. We love to make life that bit easier!

The Different Areas

living in leeds
Source: University of Leeds

Like any city in the UK, Leeds is separated into 33 wards (or areas), each unique and exciting in its own right. According to Manning Stainton, three of the top places for people to move to is Horsforth, Chapel Allerton and Bramhope. Before moving to Leeds, it would be a good idea to check each area out and see which area your heart settles on!

The Shopping Places

leeds shopping centre
Source: White Rose Office Park

If you ask someone from Leeds about where to shop, there is a high chance that they will tell you to go to ‘Trinity Shopping Centre’, ‘White Rose Shopping Centre’ and simply even ‘Leeds City Centre (town)’. They are the most popular places to go to in Leeds and together they have over 500 shops! However, shopping doesn’t stop there. Places such as the Corn Exchange, every shop on Chapel Allerton Road and shops in Roundhay are also great places. So before you move to Leeds, make sure your bank account is full because you will definitely shop till you drop.

Yorkshire Tea all the way!

leeds and tea
Source: Huddersfield Examiner

For a lot of us in the UK, we can’t go a day without drinking a hot drink. In fact, according to UK Tea Associates, 84% of the British population drink tea every day. One thing you have to know before moving to Leeds is that we are all about Yorkshire Tea. There’s no such thing as PG Tips, Ty-phoo and Tetley. Not in Leeds. Of course, I’m exaggerating; however, you will find that in most Coffee shops and Tea rooms, Yorkshire Tea is the most popular tea bag used. Over 76% of Leeds Coffee Shops use Yorkshire Tea. It’s a random but important thing you must know before moving to Leeds.

Festivals and Carnivals

leeds west indian carnival
Source: Leeds West Indian Carnival

Another great thing that you should know before moving to Leeds is that we always have something festive going on. Here in Leeds, we’re the best known for our culture and have all-year-round festivals and carnivals. The most popular is the Leeds Festival and the West Indian Carnival, both of which attract over 100,000 people every year. You’ll never get bored here!

Nightlife

leeds nightlife

Our nightlife is the best. You won’t experience nights out like this anywhere else. Yes, I know, “every City would say that what makes Leeds so different?”. We have everything and anything you could dream of for the best night out. Whether you’re looking for intimate clubs and bars with never-ending music or craft alehouses or simply want to enjoy a brew out in a beer garden, then Leeds has just that. You can find the best beer gardens here and some of the cheapest pubs to go here.

Booming Economy

leeds spending money
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology

Here in Leeds, we don’t like to brag. But, just to put it out there, Leeds has one of the most diverse economies in the UK. Leeds offers countless job opportunities, especially to fresh new graduates and professionals. Common places to find jobs include Direct Line Group, Channel 4 and BBC. You’re almost guaranteed to find a new job/career path when you move to Leeds, so you can tick this off your worry list!

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